5 ways you can Self Care for Life

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During Self Care Week 2015, which runs from the 16 to 22 November, we want to raise awareness about how you can Self Care for Life.

Practicing Self Care for Life, which most of us already do on a daily basis, can help us live well and keep healthy for longer. Positive self care actions include eating healthily, being active and taking extra care if you have a long term condition

Cllr Viv Kendrick, our cabinet member for prevention, early intervention and vulnerable adults said:

If you have a long term condition self care can help to delay the progression of your symptoms and help you stay as healthy as possible for longer. You can also do more to postpone getting conditions that can be prevented such as type2 diabetes, heart disease and COPD (chronic pulmonary obstructive disease) which are on the increase.

Here are 5 simple steps of how to Self Care for Life and help you to prevent avoidable conditions:

1. Move more

You don’t even have to join a gym, just walk the dog, leave the car at home, ignore the bus, take the stairs, dance around the kitchen table, go for a walk!

2. Stop smoking

One of the best things you can do for your health is to stop smoking. Ask your local pharmacist about stop smoking services.

3. Sleep

A good night’s sleep is essential to good physical and mental health, so don’t burn the candle at both ends, make sure you get at least 7 hours sleep a night.

4. Eat well

It is vitally important that we get the nutrients we need and avoid excessive amounts of salt, fat and sugar. Information is available from the NHS Choices website or ask your pharmacist for advice on managing your weight.

5. Relax

We have such busy lives that we sometimes forget to take time out to relax, but it is essential for our physical and mental wellbeing. Find time in the day to be still and quieten your mind, holistic exercise such as yoga can also be helpful.

Need help?

If you have a long term condition there are lots of options in our area available to help you, help yourself and increase your sense of control, independence and resilience.

These include:

  • Kirklees Health Trainers – who work one to one with people who have a long term health condition to support them to make and sustain health behaviour changes.
  • Practice Advice and Leisure Scheme (PALS) – a local Exercise Referral Scheme that offers support and encouragement to inactive people who want to make a difference to their health and quality of life by becoming more active.
  • The Expert Patient Programme (EPP) – is a course for anyone with a long term health condition or illness who wants to learn self-management skills for controlling and improving their health.
  • Looking After Me (LAM) – is for adults who care for someone living with a long term health condition or disability. It helps support carers to make time to look after their own health needs and help them to take more control of their situation and make a difference to their life.
  • My Health Tools – supports people living in our area to manage their long term health condition through practical information, tools and skills

More info

For more information about available services check out our Self Care webpage

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